Right Brain Introvert
This shy, timid, shrinking violet avoids pressure by retreating into himself. Success involves going very slowly at first and waiting for him to come out of his shell, to trust more. Pretty soon he’ll be offering you more.
- Wait – wait – wait – WAIT! Ask your horse for something and then wait until he does it or looks at you to ask for clarification or more direction. If you just go through your phases to get him to act when you want, he’ll be tense, lose confidence and trust. He may even blow up.
- Use the tiniest and softest suggestions and wait. This horse sees every little thing you do, sometimes he doesn’t respond because his brain is locked up in fear.
- Be consistent. The Right Brain horse has trouble with change so do simple things with lots of repetition until he’s calm.
- Move his heart and he’ll give you his confidence.
- Confidence is everything. If you focus on this, your horse will give you everything else.
- Parelli Patterns! They give him confidence.
- Make your horse do things when he’s not looking at you. This tells you he’s afraid of the pressure you are putting on him. You might not think it’s pressure, but you can frustrate this Horsenality with phase 1 simply because you are asking and asking and not waiting long enough for the response.
- Ask too much. Ask less in the beginning and you’ll get more in the end. Don’t ask more unless your horse is calm and trusting.
- Use big phases. You don’t need them. He can see you, he just can’t think when he’s afraid or rushed/pushed.
- Punish your horse for not doing what you want. Remember, this is fear, and punishment does not make a horse braver.